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This one is close to home for me and I’ve been going a lot. It has pretty views all the way up. If you get high enough, you can see the gore range.. far far away.

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4 months ago

Lots of trees and not many open views.

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4 months ago

As Cooper Couch suggested, this trail is for mountain biking more than hiking. That said you have to take what you can get for hiking during mud season, when trails in the colorado mountain trails are, you guessed it, muddy, or impassable because of snow.

I had a hard time finding the trail right off. From the school parking lot, walk up hill on Eagle Ranch road and turn right on Horton St. you can see the trail from there. Once on the water tower access road, you veer right onto an unmarked bike path. You are now on the trail.

The hike begins winding upwards on a well worn single track through beautiful and huge old piñon, juniper and sage. aside from having to keep an eye out for mountain bikers, I quite enjoyed this stretch of the trail. Once the trail dropped over the ridge and joined a set of power lines, I liked it less.

This trail joins a multi-use trail as the power lines head north. Running into a number of motorbikes 2-3 miles in, combined with the aircraft noise from planes in the traffic pattern about 2 to 3 miles in wound up turning me back on this trail.

Not peaceful, but totally accessible for a May hike.

I hiked it on May 6, 2018.

4 months ago

You'll get a great work out with this trail. Has quite the incline starting out.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This is a nice drive and Red Table is an ok hike spot. There is heavy atv/ dirt bike traffic though. Not a good road to tow a trailer longer than about 10' on. The Gypsum side has a very icy hill down heading over to the Garfield county side. There is of course no guard rail or shoulder.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I've hiked this trail three times discovering new features every time. I recommend hiking a mile beyond the bridge over Cross Creek for the outstanding views of Cross Creek from higher elevations. Many folks turn around at the bridge over Cross Creek which a very nice hike. But ther additional effort beyond the bridge is rewarded with wonderful views. I have met families hiking to this point beyond ther bridge who pitch a tent and stay overnight so they can fish the pools of Cross Creek. The wild flowers during late July and early August are outstanding. But if you don't want to hike this 600 foot gain in altitude which is very manageable, there are places even before you reach the bridge that offer an outstanding picnic location for a shor day hike. Be aware that the parking at the trailhead is limited. I recommend arriving at the trailhead at 9 AM or no later than 10 AM.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

It isn't as good for hiking, but it seems like it would be great for mountain biking, which is what most people do on this trail.

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016

I was not a fan of this hike for a few reasons: 1) the hike immediately descends into lower elevation where the creek is and views are inhibited; 2) the terrain rolls up and down for miles gaining and losing elevation which plays tricks on your mind when you're on a long backpacking trip; 3) the hike is almost entirely woody until you reach Harvey Lake (Mile 11); and 4) the trail is badly maintained in parts and overgrown with dense, thick marsh in lowland areas. We hike in 9 miles and did one night before hiking back out. We only did this because neighboring Fall Creek Trail is shutdown due to wildfire. This hike is certainly not on my favorite list.

backpacking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Awesome trail! We hiked in about six miles with one overnight stay. Great views and varied terrain with ascending and descending treks, open and rocky trails. Excellent water access for filtering. Weather was perfect.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great hike. About 30 minutes to the bridge. Fairly easy to this point with spectacular views of aspen, pine and mountain vistas.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I did this hike 20 years ago with friends when I lived in Vail. Came back today with my family. My daughter and husband loved it as much as I did. Its the perfect Colorado hike. Slight hills. Very cool bridge over the creek. Open Meadows. Side trail down to a waterfall. Amazing trees surrounding you the whole way.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Gorgeous

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Perfect hike to the bridge with my 4.5 & 2.5 year-old. 1.4 miles from trailhead to creek crossing. Beautiful, interesting terrain, and 2 little stream crossings before the big one. We'll definitely do it again!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great trail. We didnt get to as much of the trail as we wanted to because we fished alot. beautiful mountain stream along the way. I liked that the trail started up into the mountain.

backpacking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

This is hands down the best trail I have ever hiked. The way I have always done it is to start out on Missouri Lakes trail and cross over the pass to start out on Cross Creek trail from the end at Blodgett lake. I camp out at Mill Pond in the valley beneath Blodgett lake the first night and then travel down Cross Creek trail on the second day to a campsite near a bridge crossing. You will know it when you see it. The second day hike is all down hill and is crazy beautiful. You probably won't see a soul on the second day and you can take a quick side trail to Harvey Lake if you feel ambitious. On day three you can either hike out to the end of Cross Creek trail or you can take West Grouse mountain trail to Turquoise Lakes. The Grouse Mountain trail is seldom traveled and the trail disappears so you need to follow the rock cairns. Fishing is really good at the lakes and in the creek but they are generally small cut throat trout. Crazy nice trail and a must do if you are an avid back packer. If you go to Turquoise lakes and camp an extra night the last day out is all down hill and ends up at the base of Beaver Creek ski area where you can collapse and drink many beers!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Easy drive even with snow on the ground
The road goes mostly at the bottom of the canyon and Gypsum Creek
Several good side trails in summer
We saw elk very near the entrance to White River National Forest

camping
Saturday, March 21, 2015

I only hiked in about 5-6 miles. Camped just above the open Meadows. It was a nice hike in and out. Did't make it to any lakes but the creek was wide enough were I was Camped.

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Great views, access to hikes. pleasant drive when in the area.

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